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Benefit Auction—We're off to a great start!

We had a record-breaking start to this year's Benefit Auction, with over $27,000 raised so far to support our exhibitions, education, and outreach programs! We're halfway through Section 1, and pieces in this section are priced at just $350 today. Tomorrow at 2PM EDT (GMT-4), the price for Section 1 drops to $250. With almost 500 pieces of beautiful artwork available for bidding, there is truly something for everyone to enjoy!

You can learn all about the Benefit Auction on the SAQA website, and don't hesitate to ask us a question at
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Community Connections

Live Chat with Deborah: Live Chats are a place where all SAQA members can get together and discuss art and inspiration. We welcome all members of the SAQA community to join in on the conversation! Join in on September 25 at 5 PM EDT (GMT-4).
(Special Interest Group) Exploring Contemporary Art: Contemporary art from all media often forms the context of our work as art quilters and textile artists. The goal of this group is to provide a casual, supportive, open-minded place for us to actively learn as we discuss and become familiar with contemporary art and artists. Join in on September 22 at 1 PM EDT (GMT-4).
(Special Interest Group) Art Quilt Design on a Mid/Longarm Machine: Some innovative SAQA artists are finding that creating their art quilt designs can be easier, faster, and more effective on a sit-down or stand-up mid- or longarm machine. Join in on September 24 at 1 PM EDT (GMT-4).

Calls for Entry

Deadline September 30

We're proud to announce a new, three-part series to premiere at the National Quilt Museum over the next six years. Primal Forces: Earth, Wind, and Fire will be open for entry as three separate calls for entry in alternating years, juried individually. The first will be Primal Forces: Earth.

What do you want to say about Earth? Whether it be warning, tribute, straight forward, all representation or abstract art are eligible.

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Land Art: From the Forest to Your Balcony (SAQA Virtual Gallery)

Deadline September 30

Outdoor artwork installations provide temporal beauty within the community. Ingenuity, art supplies, and imagination, are all that one needs to create an outdoor installation that invites exploration or participation. In the freedom of an outdoor context, even traditional art has the power to interact with the landscape in a new and meaningful way.

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September 23: The Potential of Paper: Fiber Artists, Papermakers & Sculptural Form A Conversation with Mary Hark, Jocelyn Chateauvert, and Fafnir Adamites

Presented by Surface Design Association

Why paper? A revered material with a 2000 year history, handmade paper is one of the first to use fibers of all kinds in its creation. Contemporary artists embrace the versatility of handmade paper. Join Surface Design Association for this Textile Talk in conversation with three artists for whom hand papermaking is an integral part of their practice: Mary Hark, Jocelyn Chateauvert, and Fafnir Adamites.
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Cloth Constructions

Presented by International Quilt Museum

Last week, Curator of Collections Carolyn Ducey and Guest Curator David Hornung discussed the International Quilt Museum's new exhibition, Cloth Constructions. Guest Curator David Hornung has selected 11 artists who embrace a spirit of experimentation that reflects prevailing trends in textile construction. These artists’ work honors tradition while pointing to the future. Hornung’s interest in handmade textile crafts dates to a youthful affinity with the aesthetic philosophy of the Bauhaus, which collapsed the hierarchy between “high” and “low” art.

For six years in the early 1980s, Hornung made and exhibited work that integrated the vocabularies of Modernist surface organization and traditional patchwork. He forged enduring connections with early practitioners of studio quilts. These relationships have remained influential, and Cloth Constructions pays homage to the conversations that have flowed within and from them.

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Survey Snapshots

Each week we’ll post a few snapshots but this is the just tip of the iceberg! We’re working on the analysis of a wealth of valuable and actionable data, so look for the full report before the end of the year. We asked you to tell us about yourselves. Here's what you told us:
1. Members responded from 29 countries and speak 11 languages fluently, ranked in order: (1) English  (2) German  (3) French  (4) Portuguese (5) Italian
2. Respondents’ membership length in years: 36%: 2-5; 26%: 6-10; 15%: 11-15; 13%: 1 or less; 6%: 16-20; 2%: 21-25
3. Employment: 59%: retired; 21%: self-employed; 10%: full time; 4%: part-time 

Upcoming Deadlines - Calls for Entry  

Land Art: From the Forest to Your Balcony (Virtual Gallery Call for Entry) - September 30

Primal Forces: Earth (Call for Entry) - September 30

Fresh Fish (Call for Entry) - October 31

Juried Art Member Application - November 1

Light the World (Call for Entry) - November 30

Waiting (Virtual Gallery Call for Entry) - November 30

Journal Member Gallery: Outsider - December 1

Impressions of Oceania From Around the World (Virtual Gallery Call for Entry) - January 31

Upcoming Dates - Community Connections

Exploring Contemporary Art (Special Interest Group) - September 22

Art Quilt Design on the Longarm (Special Interest Group) - September 24

Live Chat with SAQA - September 25

A full list of SAQA Calls for Entry (including Regional) can be found on our website. Do you know of an upcoming event or call for entry? Submit your news »

Featured Juried Artist Member

Mary Pal - Willie

A Juried Artist Member of SAQA is an artist who has successfully presented a portfolio to the Juried Artist Review Panel. This portfolio includes a selected body of work and documentation showing a professional approach to art. See more Juried Artist Member artwork! Learn more about Mary Pal.
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